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Catawba Burial Ground
Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey

catawba burial ground, mays landing, nj
Catawba Burial Ground, Mays Landing, NJ

GPS: 39.40828, -74.71361

Somers Point Road & Sea Ranch Ave
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Published: April 10, 2023
Total records: 270

All that remains of this burial ground is a historical marker sign along with a few depressions in the ground where they had been grave sites.

This was the burial ground of the George West family. A meeting house was built on this site and was used by early Methodist circuit riders from 1816-1820. It continued on serving other preachers until 1852. The meeting house was razed in 1910.

Several members of the West family died within short time of each other, prompting locals to suspect Joseph West, one of George's sons, of plotting their deaths to become sole heir of the estate. Joseph was convicted and sent to prison. The estate was sold to General Enoch Doughty and then down to his heirs.

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Records below were transcribed from the pages of, "The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey", Vol. V, No. 1, July, 1929, p. 17

Steelman, Ellen, (wife of Reuben) ~ died Oct 24, 1858, aged 48 years, 5 months, 7 days
Steelman, Norris, (son of Reuben and Ellen) ~ died Oct 5, 1868, aged 36 years, 1 month, 22 days
Steelman, Reuben, ~ died Feb 14, 1847, aged 40 years, 10 months, 9 days
West, Amy, (widow of George) ~ Jan 20, 1777 - Sep 15, 1829
West, George S., (son of George and Amy) ~ May 7, 1806 - Sep 3, 1829, aged 23 years
West, George, ~ Aug 1, 1774 - Sep 10, 1829, aged 55 years
West, James S., (son of George and Amy) ~ Apr 7, 1810 - Aug 24, 1829, aged 19 years
West, Thomas Biddle, (son of George and Amy) ~ died May 17, 1826, aged 14 years

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